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On the Last Day of Second Discmas…

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Here at The Second Disc, the holiday season is the perfect time to do what we love to do best: share the gift of music. For the second year in a row, we have we reached out to some of our favorite reissue labels and we’ve teamed with them to play Santa Claus to our awesome and faithful readers. It’s called – what else? – Second Discmas, and it’s going on now through Christmas!

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For our final day of Second Discmas, we’ve saved some of the biggest and best for last! Unwind after a busy season by entering to win this great care package from our friends at Legacy Recordings – including Michael Jackson’s Bad 25 box, Elvis Presley’s Prince from Another Planet set, CD/DVD editions of Paul Simon’s Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition and Rage Against the Machine’s Rage XX, and compilations including Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology and Johnny Cash’s The Greatest! Not a bad way to finish the season of giving!

As always, winning is easy! Click on the graphic up top to head over to Contest Central for the complete rules! And thanks to all our wonderful fans and associates who’ve made our dream of Second Discmas a wonderful reality!

Written by Mike Duquette

December 24, 2012 at 08:30

Release Round-Up: Week of November 27

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Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine XX (Epic/Legacy)

Take the power back! The rock icons’ debut LP is greatly expanded with rare and unreleased audiovisual material. Available as a 2CD/2DVD/1LP box set (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.), a 2CD set with highlights DVD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.), a single-disc remaster with live B-sides (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) and vinyl reissue (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.).

Various Artists, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Elektra/Rhino)

The original, influential compilation comes back to CD (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) and vinyl (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) with new liner notes.

T. Rex, The Slider: 40th Anniversary Edition (Edsel)

A most beloved classic of the glam genre is given the red-carpet CD/DVD/vinyl/book/swag treatment from Demon Music Group! (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

St. Etienne, Casino Classics: Deluxe Edition (Universal U.K.)

This 1996 remix double-album from the indie-dance geniuses is now expanded to four discs. (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) (A new two-disc remaster is also available as well – Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

The House of Love, The House of Love: Deluxe Edition / The Blow Monkeys, Limping for a Generation / Animal Magic: Deluxe Editions (Cherry Red)

Some ’80s alt-rock/sophisti-pop classics coming to the U.K. from the Cherry Red label this week. Many demos, B-sides and archival material appended to these sets; three discs for The House of Love (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) and two apiece for Limping for a Generation (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.) and Animal Magic (Amazon U.K. / Amazon U.S.)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 27, 2012 at 07:39

Take the Power Back: 20 Years of Rage Against the Machine Celebrated on “XX”

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When current Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan earlier this year listed Rage Against the Machine among his favorite bands, more than a few eyebrows were raised, including those of the rap-rock-metal band’s guitarist, Tom Morello.  In a withering op-ed piece for Rolling Stone, Morello cited Ryan as “the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades,” affirming that “his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.”  And after twenty years of music making, that message is more focused than ever, and some would say, more timely.  On November 27, you can decide for yourself when Legacy Recordings marks the twentieth anniversary of Rage Against the Machine’s debut album in multiple configurations: a 2-CD/2-DVD/1-LP deluxe box set; a 2-CD/1-DVD edition; and a 1-CD standard version. 12″ 180-gram vinyl editions (a picture disc and a facsimile reproduction) of the original LP, remastered but with no bonus tracks, will also be available.

Vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk founded Rage in California, 1991, earning a contract with Epic Records and releasing their eponymous debut the following year.  Rage Against the Machine did not hide its political bent.  Zack de la Rocha’s lyrics addressed topical issues in songs like “Killing in the Name,” “Bullet in the Head,” “Know Your Enemy” and “Take the Power Back,” while Morello’s blazing guitar provided a sound like none that had come before.  Rage was much more than just the “rap-metal” tag: meaningful, relevant, politically-charged, forceful and unafraid.  Morello’s subsequent excursions into the realm of folk music should have come as no surprise, as he carried on the tradition of the folk greats with the bravely topical songs of Rage.  The band’s directness, and transparency, both were evident in a message affixed to the liner notes: “no samples, keyboards or synthesizers used in the making of this record.”  Rage’s debut paid off with a No. 1 position on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and a none-too-shabby peak of No. 45 on the Billboard 200.  It fared even better on the U.K. albums survey, hitting No. 17.

What’s on all of the various editions?  Hit the jump!  Plus: pre-order links and the complete track listing with discography! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

October 10, 2012 at 11:55